Responding to COVID-19: new protocols and practices in the food manufacturing industry

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One of the many significant impacts of COVID-19 has been the reallocation of necessary resources and capital, causing many industries to adjust and adapt their practices. New health and safety regulations, as well as pandemic-related closures, have led to changes in processes and priorities in the food industry.

At EV Group, we’ve worked alongside clients and companies that have seen spikes in demand during the pandemic as the nation deals with a variety of shortages and supply chain adjustments. Companies are working hard to keep production steady during this crisis and make sure customers can access needed supplies.

Food manufacturers of all sizes have been working diligently to respond to the challenges brought by COVID-19. Smaller food manufacturers are poised for success in such scenarios because of less corporate red tape, allowing for flexibility in production to meet demand and an ability to adapt to staffing needs and government protocols more quickly. Due to their size, larger companies may have a more difficult time adjusting their food production and packaging facilities.

Additionally, overall strategy and planning have evolved for companies. Most food manufacturers work on R&D and new products more than a year in advance, and many of these long-term plans have shifted because of so many future unknowns.

Companies have become more focused on day-to-day operational strategies rather than future planning. While some scheduled product launches have taken place, many manufacturers have halted production or planning in response to the pandemic.

Automation continues to be a necessary and critical operational and planning component for food manufacturers. Companies are looking for ways to mitigate financial impacts on business while also increasing safety measures for employees and adhering to social distancing requirements. Improving production automation allows companies to maximize production efficiencies, meet customer deadlines, and keep employees safe and healthy.

The food manufacturing industry is one that is always evolving and innovating. The EV Group remains committed to adapting — alongside our customers — to the changing needs and demands of an industry, no matter the challenges we may face.

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